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van der Waals, Johannes van der Waals, Johannes Diderik van der Waals(noun)
Dutch physicist (1837-1923)
Johannes Diderik van der Waals
Johannes Diderik van der Waals was a Dutch theoretical physicist and thermodynamicist famous for his work on an equation of state for gases and liquids. His name is primarily associated with the van der Waals equation of state that describes the behavior of gases and their condensation to the liquid phase. His name is also associated with van der Waals forces, with van der Waals molecules, and with van der Waals radii. He became the first physics professor of the University of Amsterdam when it opened in 1877 and won the 1910 Nobel Prize in physics.
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